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Going to work as a Medical Assistant can provide the personal fulfillment and career satisfaction that you’ve been seeking. Our Medical Assisting for Spanish Speakers program will give you a greater understanding of the medical office environment both in the front office and while administering to the needs of patients and doctors.

Training with our dedicated instructors will prepare you to seek employment in a variety of medical settings including, clinics, hospitals, and physician offices. Get ready to put on your scrubs and start training for your new career.

Our Medical Assisting for Spanish Speakers program will teach you:

  • Front Office and Back Office Procedures
  • Administrative Procedures
  • Laboratory and Clinical Procedures
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Coding

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Course Length: 11 Months *
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Lab Hours:
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Course is offered in new Blended learning format, which combines flexible online classes with hands-on lab work learning format.

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Vista College’s Medical Assisting for Spanish Speakers (Hybrid) program uses a blended learning model that combines the best of both worlds: the convenience of online courses with all the advantages of hands-on, on-campus labs to provide a unique educational experience. Blended learning — sometimes also referred to as hybrid learning — builds on the strengths of multiple education models with the aim of providing an optimal combination of both traditional and digital, in a format that allows you both flexibility and independence.
Blended Learning Model
Our blended learning model utilizes a combination of faculty-led online classes, at-home learning activities, and in-person lab training overseen by experienced instructors. Each course in the program is 90 hours and taught over a 5-week period. We cap off our Medical Assisting for Spanish Speakers program with an externship that gives you practical experience in a real work setting. To learn more about how Vista College’s blended learning model works, read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Ground Campus Learning Models

Traditional Blended
(On-Campus and Online)
Online Plus
Location/ Content Delivery Method Traditional face-to-face on-campus theory and lab instruction. Combination of on-campus and online. Online courses that may be accessed from anywhere.
Meeting Times Classes take place on scheduled days and times. Portions of the course are live real-time virtual instruction with other students at specific days/times. Other portions are independent activities that may be completed at any time each week. Most laboratory portions of the course must be completed at the campus. Portions of the course are live real-time remote instruction with other students at specific days/times. Other portions are independent activities that may be completed at any time each week. Most laboratory segments are completed online.
Labs On-campus labs allow for hands-on learning with experienced instructors and your peers. On-campus labs allow for hands-on learning with experienced instructors and your peers. Most practice labs are completed online, enabling real-world experience.
Externship
(Healthcare programs only)
Students are required to complete an externship in an applicable healthcare workplace environment.
Canvas Learning Management System The Canvas LMS provides students 24/7 access to all course materials and information. Students will access assignments as well as submit work through Canvas. Students will also be able to view course schedules, access grades, and have student-to-student or student-to-teacher conversations.

Blended Learning FAQs

What kind of program structure can I expect from a blended learning model?
All of our blended learning courses are 90 hours, taught over five weeks. Each one consists of
What is the online course structure?
Vista uses the online learning management system Canvas, which is where you’ll access all your blended learning course content and links to any other information or software you need. You’ll utilize McGraw Hill’s Connect software to complete activities and assignments. For online, real-time lectures, we utilize Zoom, which allows you to see your instructors, view any shared visuals and classroom materials, and break into small groups to interact with others for group projects and discussions.
Will I need to attend at specific times in a blended learning program?
Yes, some components of both our online and on-campus hybrid courses have some set times you’ll need to attend. These include:
Components Distance Education – Blended Schedule
Theory 4 hours per week - 2 hours twice weekly Synchronous/Scheduled in Zoom
Lab 9 hours per week - 4.5 hours twice weekly Synchronous/Scheduled
Independent Student Learning Activities 5 hours per week - Work time determined by the student outside of class time, Monday – Friday at 4:00 p.m. (CT) Asynchronous/Unscheduled
Total Weekly Attendance 18 hours
Attendance is expected and recorded for each hour.
How will I interact with my instructors
The great thing about Zoom is it implements a lot of the features of a classroom. Multiple users are able to interact at the same time, you’ll be able to ask questions and participate in discussions, and there’s also a chat feature where you can interact with your blended learning course instructors and classmates. Your instructor may even use a feature that allows for small breakout groups of students.
What kind of equipment will I need for the blended learning program?
Mostly, you’ll need Internet access in order to connect to the online components of your hybrid courses. We provide new students with a Chromebook so you’ll be assured of having a working laptop with a microphone and a webcam. This will allow you to access the Canvas Learning Management System, Zoom, and any other course materials. We make it a priority to provide you with all software and ebooks required for the program.
Will I be able to get tutoring if I need it?
Absolutely. Vista’s blended learning model still gives you access to our valuable support services. You’ll be able to connect with your instructors for online tutoring, either as an individual or in small groups, through Zoom or telephone.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of our medical assisting training program could consider sitting for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam, a certification required by many hospitals and clinics. There are further opportunities in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including doctor’s offices, urgent care centers, clinics, and care facilities. Certification requirements vary.

Potential Job Titles: Medical Assistant, Clinical Research Assistant, Patient Service Specialist

Course Title Credits
Medical Terminology 6.5
Anatomy & Physiology 6.5
Introduction to Medical Assisting 6.5
Cardiopulmonary Procedures * 6.5
Body Control and Balance Procedures * 6.5
Nutrition and Wellness Procedures 6.5
Human Life Cycle Procedures * 6.5
Medical Assisting Capstone * 6.5
Medical Assisting Externship * 6.5
English Language Lab 1 ** 2
English Language Lab 2 ** 2
English Language Lab 3 ** 2
English Language Lab 4 ** 2
English Language Lab 5 ** 2
English Language Lab 6 * ** 2
English Language Lab 7 * ** 2
English Language Lab 8 * ** 2
English Language Lab 9 * ** 2

Medical Terminology

AHP100

This course introduces students to the medical terminology, symbols, and application of the language of the medical and healthcare fields. Terms are covered as they relate to body structure, function, and disease, with the main focus being placed on the medical vocabulary and construction of terms using word roots, prefixes, and suffixes.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Anatomy & Physiology

AHP101

Upon completion of the course students will have acquired an overview of the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. Each body system is discussed in terms of major anatomical structures and functions including how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course covers selected major pathologies, diagnostic procedures, and treatment methods.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Introduction to Medical Assisting

MAS100

This prerequisite course orients students to the fundamental clinical and administrative procedures of a Medical Assistant. Foundational recall and introductory application of common skills performed by medical assistants will be introduced.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Cardiopulmonary Procedures

MAS201

This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in cardiology, pulmonary, phlebotomy, and hematology specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Body Control and Balance Procedures

MAS202

This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in neurology, endocrinology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, microbiology, and immunology specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Nutrition and Wellness Procedures

MAS203

This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in gastroenterology, urology, urinalysis, nutrition and wellness, and dermatology specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Human Life Cycle Procedures

MAS204

This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, and orthopedics specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Medical Assisting Capstone

MAS300

Students prepare for entering the professional workforce by demonstration of competencies related to administrative and clinical skills through application, analysis, and evaluation of procedures used in a variety of healthcare setting.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Medical Assisting Externship

MAS350

This course is designed to provide the student hands-on experience in the field working as an extern in a healthcare facility. Professionalism in dress, behavior, and attitude are presented throughout the program.

6.5 credits
10 theory hours
170 externship hours

English Language Lab 1

ELL101

This course is designed to provide an essential understanding of the simple past, simple present, and simple future tense of regular verbs. This course will define the appropriate use of each verb tense, explain when each verb tense is to be used, and provide the student with fundamental practice in the different tenses and how and when to use them. The difference between fact and inference in reading and research will be covered.

2 credits
10 theory hours
20 lab hours

English Language Lab 2

ELL102

This course provides instruction in pronouns, possessives, possessive adjectives, and demonstratives. It will focus on the appropriate use of each of these parts of speech and provide the student with practice in how and when to use them. Students also work with the difference between fact and inference in reading and research.

2 credits
10 theory hours
20 lab hours

English Language Lab 3

ELL103

This course provides instruction in the 5 W's: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and the three H's: How many? How much? How long? This course will define the appropriate use of each question word and phrase and provide the student with practice in howand when to use each of them.

2 credits
10 theory hours
20 lab hours

English Language Lab 4

ELL104

This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to explore the use of prepositions, adverbs, and articles in Englishcommunication. Students will practice these basic parts of speech in order to communicate more effectively in the English language.

2 credits
10 theory hours
20 lab hours

English Language Lab 5

ELL105

This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to use nouns in different ways at different times. This course will define when a noun can be used as a noun or adjective, and will include the unique count and non-count noun functions. Students will practice how and when to use nouns in each of the various forms.

2 credits
10 theory hours
20 lab hours

English Language Lab 6

ELL106

This course will explore the use of advanced forms of verbs: irregular verbs, the verb "to be," and the present perfect tense of verbs. This course distinguishes between regular and irregular verbs and allows students to practice using irregular verbs in English speech.

2 credits
10 theory hours
20 lab hours

English Language Lab 7

ELL107

This course introduces students to the advanced parts of speech in English: possessives, comparatives, superlatives, and modals. Students will study the purpose of each of these types of speech and practice the appropriate usage of each element.

2 credits
10 theory hours
20 lab hours

English Language Lab 8

ELL108

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to use the special skill of reporting to one person what another has told them. The focus of this class is on ordinary speech required in the professional environment. This class explains professional interactions and defines soft skills. The student is also provided an opportunity to practice the reporting information in a professional manner.

2 credits
10 theory hours
20 lab hours

English Language Lab 9

ELL109

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to use the special skill of reporting to one person what another has told them. The focus of this class is on ordinary speech required in the professional environment. This class explains professional interactions and defines soft skills. The student is also provided an opportunity to practice the reporting information in a professional manner.

2 credits
10 theory hours
20 lab hours

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